The haiku of Billy Seger
Hodge Podge is a collection of, what I believe to be, my most successful attempts at writing haiku. When I initially set out to participate in Global Haiku 2009, I had very little knowledge of what to expect. Writing has always been an interest of mine and, for awhile, held the forefront when it came time to select a field of study. I was equal parts curious and nervous to begin my foray into the unknown world of haiku. Little did I know how rewarding the journey would be . . .
My approach to writing haiku varies with each individual case. My inspiration is sometimes determined by my current mood, a song on the radio, a person passing me on the street, etc. The idea of haiku providing "snapshots of life" became the central focus of my studies—the ability to capture individual moments in time, much like in "naturalism"; a slice of everyday life. Keeping this concept in mind, I was also able to tap into the sensual elements of my writing, which is essential to composing quality haiku.
I feel that the following haiku not only demonstrate these abilities, but also inspire readers to look beyond the mundane language to discover their deeper motivations.